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New Poll Shows Generation Gap Over NY Gay Marriage
Politico reports that a new Washington Post-ABC poll shows that support for New York’s recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage depends largely on the age of the respondent. Overall, potential voters supported legalization 50-46 percent. However, those under 30 supported the measure by a 2-1 margin while senior citizens disapproved of the measure by 60%.
Anti-Gay Marriage Group Files Legal Challenge to New York’s Law
The New York Daily News reports that just 24 hours after same-sex marriage became legal in New York, an anti-gay marriage group, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom, has filed a lawsuit to overturn the legislation. The group claims the state legislature violated transparency laws in passing the legislation. The state has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
California Gay Marriage Ban Case to be Heard Sept. 6
The Associated Press reports that the California Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing for September 6th to consider whether supporters of the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage have the authority to fight court rulings on the initiative even when the governor and attorney general refuse to appeal.
Openly Gay Man Is First Confirmed as U.S. Judge
The New York Times reports that former Clinton administration lawyer J. Paul Oetken became the first openly gay man to be confirmed as a federal judge in July. Oetken was confirmed in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 80 to 13. Following the President’s signature, Oetken will take his seat as a federal judge in Manhattan.
Gay Pride Returns to Jerusalem
Haaretz reports that Israel’s GLBT community marched in Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade in July. In previous years, the march has been marked by violence. The march also marked the second anniversary of a shooting at a gay youth center in Tel Aviv.
Obama Nominates Fourth Openly Gay Judicial Candidate
Politico reports that President Obama nominated openly gay Michael Fitzgerald to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. This is the fourth time Obama has nominated an openly gay candidate to the federal courts.
Navy Censures Officer for Anti-Gay Hazing
UPI reports that former US Navy commander Liam Bruen has been censured by the Navy for allowing a subordinate to be labeled with gay slurs. Ensign Steve Crowston filed a complaint after he was given anti-gay nicknames as a call sign. The Navy later found that Bruen “failed to exercise appropriate leadership and demonstrated a profound lack of judgment.” Bruen abruptly retired from the navy in May.
Homelessness More Common Among Gay, Bisexual Teens
Medical News Today reports that a new study in the American Journal of Public Health shows that homelessness is much more common among gay, lesbian and bisexual teens than their heterosexual counterparts. The study included over 6300 Massachusetts teens. Twenty-five percent of gay and lesbian teens were found to be homeless while only 3% of heterosexual teens reported being homeless.
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Minneapolis City Council to Redefine Gender Identity Ordinance
by Ellen Krug
A proposed ordinance making its way to the Minneapolis City Council will revise the definition of “Gender Identity” and provide transgender individuals with stand alone protection against discrimination. At present, gender identity protection is buried within an ordinance protecting sexual orientation. GLBT community members have complained that the presently worded ordinance can be confusing. Others seek a specific transgender-protection ordinance to ensure that Minneapolis retains its status as one of the most welcoming cities in the country. Transgender advocates believe the change is necessary to make it easier for everyone—business owners, landlords, and anyone else subject to prohibitions against discrimination—to understand exactly what “gender identity” means.
Under the proposed ordinance, “Gender Identity” is defined as “a person’s actual or perceived self-image or identity as expressed through dress, appearance, behavior, speech or similar characteristics, whether or not traditionally associated with the person’s physical anatomy, chromosomal sex, or sex at birth.” According to Phil Duran, Legal Director for OutFront Minnesota, the proposed re-definition is not intended to expand any existing rights. Instead, it is intended to make it easier for everyone to understand the existing law. A final hearing on the revised ordinance is set for August 5.